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Oregon State University operates a zero tolerance policy for use of alcohol by minors on campus. Minors using alcohol on campus may be subject to arrest, citation and or student judicial proceedings. Driving under the influence and the sale or distribution of alcohol to minors is also a criminal offense and persons involved in these activities are subject to arrest.
The University strictly regulates any alcohol use on campus. A permit must be obtained for events held on campus. Student life policies provide regulations for use of alcohol by persons aged 21 or older in the housing units and for student activities.
OSU policies and state law prohibits the unlawful possession, use, manufacture or distribution of illegal drugs.
The following statement is included in the Residential Life Handbook & Planner that is issued to every residential student and available on the University Housing & Dining Services Web Page:
The consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted in individual residence rooms on the University premises at the discretion of the occupants and in accordance with state law. Also in accordance with state law, the consumption of alcohol is not permitted in public and common areas. Please refer to the University's guidelines found in the Fall Term Schedule of Classes.
All students, faculty, and staff are expected to know and abide by the state laws and University policies regarding the use of alcoholic beverages.
In the State of Oregon it is illegal to possess or consume alcoholic beverages if you are under the age of 21. It is also illegal to provide alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 or to anyone (regardless of age) who is visibly intoxicated. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in public or "common" areas either inside or outside of buildings. Common areas include outside entry or adjacent sidewalk areas, all lounges, lobbies, kitchenettes, recreation rooms, entertainment areas, hallways, bathrooms, stairways, elevators, and laundry rooms. In addition, a student room with an open door is considered a common area when the room is open to the general view of people in the corridor.
Only students of legal drinking age can have alcoholic beverages in their residence halls and cooperative rooms.
If you are under 21, you are not allowed by law to possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Violations of this law and corresponding residence hall policies will be handled through the residence hall, the cooperative house, the University disciplinary system, or may be referred directly to the University Police. Police services on campus are provided by the Oregon State Police (OSP), who have full power of arrest for violations of state and local laws.
If you are 21 or older, you may have alcohol in your room. The intent of this policy is to allow people of legal age to have small amounts of alcohol for individual consumption in the privacy of their rooms. Large quantities of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in University-owned facilities at all times. This includes kegs, pony kegs, party balls, cases, gallons, and any other amount that is intended for group rather than individual use.
Because of the special program in Finley Hall (The Wellness Hall), all residents, regardless of age, are prohibited from the possession or use of alcohol.
"Illegal alcohol," as defined by quantity, location, or age of user, may be confiscated or poured out at the request of Residential Life staff.
If you have any questions or concerns about alcohol use, you are encouraged to talk with Residential Life staff members and attend the alcohol and health education programs sponsored within the residence halls, the cooperative houses and on campus.
Student Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services departments also have trained staff who can provide information, assistance, and counseling. For more information on alcohol and other drugs, read the Alcohol Beverage Policy available in Student Involvement (MU East), or read the OSU publication entitled "Drug and Alcohol Issues: A Resource Guide for Students and Staff."
Listed below are three statements of the policy regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages at Oregon State University and the enforcement of the state laws and university policies. All statements can be found on the OSU Web Pages.
These guidelines govern the conditions under which alcoholic beverages may be consumed in areas other than housing units on the university campus. Regulations concerning use of alcoholic beverages by students in university housing units and by recognized student organizations are in OAR 576-018-0230 to 0260, and OAR 576-015-0015. Copies are available through the Student Leadership & Involvement office. The university cautions against the excessive use of alcoholic beverages, and in the matters referred to in these rules expects all persons serving or consuming alcoholic beverages to take responsibility for adherence to all applicable laws and regulations, including the regulations of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
(1) The goal of Oregon State University is to provide students with a general education so they will acquire knowledge, skill and wisdom to deal with and contribute to contemporary society in constructive ways. Policies, procedures, and regulations are formulated to guarantee each student's freedom to learn and to protect the fundamental rights of others. The assumption upon which these regulations are based is that all persons must treat all persons with dignity and respecting order for scholarship to thrive.
(2) In addition to the regulations set forth below, students must follow the academic and Professional standards of the academic units.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 351.070
Stats. Implemented: ORS 351.070
Possession or consumption of alcohol beverages by persons under 21 years of age, or furnishing of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years, on University owned or controlled property or at University sponsored or supervised activities. Individuals of legal drinking age in recognized student housing may possess and consume alcoholic beverages only in their private rooms, and dispensing devices such as kegs and taps, and large containers such as "party balls," are not permitted. Use of alcohol in any other campus location is prohibited unless specifically authorized in OAR 576-060-0010, which governs the conditions under which alcoholic beverages may be consumed in areas other than housing units on the University campus. Regulations concerning use of alcoholic beverages by students in University housing units and by recognized student organizations off campus are detailed in the Student Life Policy and Regulations section "Scheduling Social, Recreational, or Educational Events."